In This Issue
Church Calendar
We are doing our best to bring worship & other church activities to you virtually. Please check the calendar below & links to join our virtual meetings.


April 2020
1st - Online Prayer & Check In Meeting
         Join Zoom Meeting - 5:30pm
         https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6789370040

5th -  In Person Palm Sunday Service Cancelled
          Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

8th -  Online Prayer & Check In Meeting
           Join Zoom Meeting - 5:30pm
           https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6789370040 

12th - Easter Sunday Service
           In Person Service Cancelled
           Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

19th -  In Person Service Cancelled
           Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

26th -  In Person Service Cancelled
            Recording Will be made a vailable via Facebook

We do ask you to please continue to support God's Acre MCC, by sending in your weekly offering. We need to keep paying our bills & ensure that our doors can open when we can resume meeting in person.

It's now even easier to give your weekly offering; you can donate online, by clicking on the button below, or you can mail your offering check, payable to God's Acre MCC, to our PO Box address, until services resume.

Thank you all for your continued & generous financial support; it means a great deal

God's Acre MCC
PO Box 770240
Ocala
Fl 34477-0240

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, and in line with local & national government guidelines, our face to face worship services will be cancelled until, at least, the end of May 2020.

We WILL REOPEN & services WILL RESUME again, as soon as possible, but for now, we are doing our best to bring you pre-recorded services uploaded to our Facebook page, and also via a YouTube link, in this newsletter each week. 

The church building will remain closed to all until we receive the all clear, whenever that may be. We are following guidelines from the CDC & Florida officials.
We are also responding to the FL Surgeon General's request that anyone over 65, or with an underlying health problem, stay at home.

We WILL also continue to send out the weekly, daily prayers & reflections, check-ins & other important information via our Facebook page.

Please make sure you not only 'Like' our page, but that you are also 'following' our page to receive the updates into your feed.

We would ask you please to keep Rev. Janice, the board & all of our members in your prayers in the coming weeks; we would also ask you to continue to financially support God's Acre MCC; we still have bills to pay & we need to ensure our doors can reopen as soon as possible. Information on how you can send your gift is available in the side bar.

Please check-in with Rev. Janice via text, email and/or Facebook; if you need prayer or just want to chat, Rev. Janice is always available to you.
Board Members & 
Lay Delegate Info
ModeratorRev. Janice Bowker
Vice Moderator: Alan R
Treasurer: Maureen P
Clerk: Gena T

Lay Delegate & Social Media Admin: Marina L
Next Board Meeting 
26th April 2020

Board members will meet virtually for the foreseeable future
God's Acre MCC  Website

Please check out our website, especially our new page dedicated to information about Coronavirus/COVID-19
Don't forget to 'Like' and 'Follow' our God's Acre MCC page, to receive our posts directly into your daily feed
Ongoing Fundraiser  at 
Racewash 
Just enter the 4 digit code: 7070 
when you select your preferred wash 
God's Acre will 10% from every wash

You can still help God's Acre & still maintain a safe social distance!

TWO GREAT LOCATIONS
3065 SE 24th Street
5199 SW 49th Court
GOD'S ACRE
SHOE DRIVE UPDATE

Just because we are currently on lock down , doesn't mean that we aren't still collecting shoes; we are! We still have our goal of 2,500 pairs to reach.

During the current outbreak, however, I am asking folks to hold onto shoes for the time being; we had planned that you might be able to drop them off at church; however, we now have no deadline &, in view of the latest figures for Coronavirus in Marion County - 12 of which are in Ocala, I would ask you to hold onto them & not bring them to church.

The church building will remain closed to all until we receive the all clear, whenever that may be. 

We are following guidelines from the CDC & Florida officials.  We are also responding to the FL Surgeon General's request that anyone over 65, or with an underlying health problem, stay at home.

Please continue to share our Facebook posts & encourage your family, friends, neighbors, work colleagues, schools, podiatrists, chiropractors, neighborhood community centers, dance schools etc. to get involved with us.
Through our work with funds2orgs.com, your shoes will help many people around the world, in developing countries AND help God's Acre raise some much needed funds, at the same time.
Email us at: GodsAcreMCC@aol.com

@GodsAcreMCC
Yard & Garden Landscape Team

Alan R | Gena T | Keith S
Worship Address: 700 NW 57th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34482
Mailing Address: PO Box 770240, Ocala, FL 34477-0240
30th March 2020
 


Good Morning,  I am so pleased that we are able to offer God's Acre MCC services online; however, I really do wish that we could offer more music in the worship. 

Our services, at least for the foreseeable future, are going to be predominantly 'said' services, and, traditionally, there is no music in them; so I looked at the song choices I had made, when I wrote the services before the pandemic, and thought that I would let you know what they were  and maybe learn a little more about the writer. 

The opening hymn this week would have been:
"O Lord the Clouds are Gathering" written Graham Kendrick, who is a great favorite in our churches worldwide. Graham Kendrick has been described as the 'father of modern worship music'; he has written and recorded hundreds of songs and he lives in the UK.

His songs are known and loved around the world and he has produced songs for over 30 years and is at the forefront of Christian music. His songs have a spirit and a truth that resonates in our worship services today, with favorites such as: Shine Jesus shine; Knowing you; The Servant King; Amazing love  and, my particular favorite, O Lord the Clouds are Gathering. 

In this time of uncertainty, we are in need of uplifting and moving hymns to listen to, so that we can feel closer to God; I know that singing is a great way to do this. My particular favorite verse and chorus is:
 
Yet O Lord Your glorious cross shall tower
Triumphant in this land
Evil confounding
Through the fire Your suff'ring church
Display the glories of her Christ
Praises resounding
 
Have mercy Lord (have mercy Lord)
Forgive us Lord (forgive us Lord)
Restore us Lord revive Your church again
Let justice flow (let justice flow
Like rivers (like rivers)
And righteousness like a never failing stream
 
O Lord The Clouds Are Gathering - Graham Kendrick (Lyric Video)
O Lord The Clouds Are Gathering - Graham Kendrick (Lyric Video)

I hope that this week you will find some solace in Christian music; why don't you look up Graham's music online or via iTunes; I am sure that it will be a blessing to you.
 
In Christ
Rev. Janice

Rev. Janice Bowker
Senior Pastor | God's Acre MCC 
This Week's Service

In case you missed it on Facebook

Sunday Service - March 22, 2020
Sunday Service - March 22, 2020
This Week's Worship
Closing Song

Huge thanks to our friend, Dennis McCall, from TN, for recording a live version of You Are Great, to
close  our service this week.

Dennis has been a backing musician & singer for many country artists, including Barbara Mandrell & the Oakridge Boys. 

Many thanks for blessing us all this week.

Dennis McCall from TN singing our closing song: You Are Great - March 29th 2020
Dennis McCall
You Are Great - March 29th 2020
 
Let's ZOOM Again Together
Check In & Prayer
 
I would like to invite you all to join Rev. Janice for another online group check in & prayer.

The meeting will be:
Wednesday 1st April
at 5:30pm. 

This way, folks can connect virtually with each other.

You don't need any special equipment, just use of a computer, iPad, iPhone, Android . You will be asked to allow access to you camera & microphone ; you will also be asked to use internal audio. Just say yes to all of these & you can join in the virtual meeting.

Below is a link - all you have to do is click on the link, at the prescribed time, and you will be able to talk online.  Rev. Janice is looking forward to seeing as many of you online, as possible.

Palm Sunday Crosses

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday; we didn't want you to miss out on receiving your Palm Crosses, so we have mailed them out to you. 

As long as we have your mailing address on file, you will be receiving your cross(es) this week. 

Please have them ready, when you view next week's service, so that you can raise them to the screen when Rev. Janice blesses them.
T his week we ask for the following prayers:

*Special thanks for Rev. Janice; for her hard work, guidance & strength; especially during this time of worldwide pandemic; we thank you her continued leadership & for being our shepherd in times of trial
*For the world battling with the Coronavirus pandemic; please keep everyone safe & as far from infection as possible; protect each person in our church, in our county, in our state & in the world; keep our families safe - whether they are nearby, or overseas. 
*Thanks that Elaine is now home & recovering after her spell in hospital
*Extra healing & care for KP, who has undergone a setback; we know that you are holding her in your hands Lord
*Continued prayers of strength & Peace for Betty Lou
*Strength & discernment for Tara, Jakki & the kids
*Continued healing, strength & comfort for Nick D, Nick K, Jim, Phil, Diane, Midge, Richie, Hettie, Bob, Kaye, Ann Marie, Tom & David K, Larry (Alan's brother, who is a doctor), Berkeley, Richie, Megan
* For Sandy - a friend of Nick D, who passed away this week from Coronavirus
*Comfort for all in need
*For our Moderator - Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, the MCC staff, Governing Board & Council of Elders.
*Guide our world leaders to make good choices
*Guide our doctors & health care workers; give them strength for the long hours they are working
*Help every person to know peace, patience & kindness in these coming weeks
 

April
8th - Donna W
19th - Rev. Janice
27th - Betty Lou H

If you have a birthday or anniversary, and it is not listed, please let us know, so that we can add you to the list.
Monthly 50/50 Raffle
3 tickets = $1
21 tickets = $5
Our monthly draw is currently on hold until after the Coronavirus